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June 24, 2014

Bond hearings postponed for murder suspects

Small and slight, he stood with his head down, fidgeting with the manacles on his wrists and looking up only when spoken to.

Endy Becerra, 16 and charged with murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Abel Carmona of Dalton following what police say was a drug deal gone bad, appeared before Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris Tuesday morning for a bond hearing in the Whitfield County Courthouse. But his appearance was a brief one.

Becerra’s attorney, Christopher Taylor of Norcross, asked that the bond hearing be postponed until Aug. 5 so that he could get more information and discuss the case with the district attorney’s office, a request Morris granted.

Shortly afterwards, Marquis Dequan Tanner, 20, also charged with murder in the death of Carmona, appeared by video from a holding facility before Morris for his bond hearing. Tanner said his family has hired an attorney, but he did not have a name and no one appeared to be in court with any additional information. Morris continued the hearing until Friday so Tanner could have his attorney present.

Tywon Jay Henderson, 17, is also charged with murder in the June 18 shooting death of Carmona. Henderson is scheduled for a bond hearing on Friday before Morris.

Investigators believe Carmona went to the parking lot of an apartment complex at 214 N. Easterling St. to buy marijuana and met with the three men, who are all from Dalton. “Something went wrong during the meeting and Carmona was shot and killed,” a press release from the police department stated. The person who shot Carmona has not been identified by investigators, who have been tight-lipped about the investigation.

The three men are also charged with armed robbery. Police believe they tried to rob Carmona.

Tanner is also charged with felony probation violation and possession of a firearm or knife during commission of a felony. Henderson is also charged with possession of a firearm or knife during commission of a felony.

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